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In this issueഀ

·        ഀ Ongoing highlights from the 2015ഀ National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·        ഀ National events

·        ഀ International events, publications andഀ news


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Other News

Detailed proceedingsഀ of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are availableഀ for download clickഀ here!

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Contact us

For furtherഀ information on the NBBN or related activities please contact:

Shelleyഀ Lizzio
ഀ Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network
ഀ Endangered Wildlife Trust
ഀ W + 27 11 372 3600 | Ext 64 | F + 27 11 608 4682 | C + 27 72 210ഀ 2085
ഀ Email:
shelleyl@ewt.org.za |ഀ Web: www.ewt.org.za

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Welcome to theഀ August 2015 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN)ഀ newsletter

To distribute anyഀ biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the nextഀ newsletter, please forward the information to myself (shelleyl@ewt.org.za)ഀ before 18 September 2015.

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Ongoing Highlights fromഀ the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


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DAY 1:ഀ Addressing the communication challenge to facilitate the mainstreaming ofഀ biodiversity into business



1.    ഀ Non-movement of consumers towardsഀ becoming green is a big challenge for brands in meeting theirഀ sustainability targets.

2.    ഀ This is also a challenge for theഀ sustainability movement as a whole because it represents a lack of returnഀ on investment for companies.

3.    ഀ Investing in communications is a vitalഀ aspect to any transformation process.

4.    ഀ A business needs a clever advertisingഀ campaign to showcase what our brands stand for.

5.    ഀ Your communications partnerഀ is a major stakeholder in your future success.


National events

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NCPC-SA initiated aഀ programme called Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Programme (GISP) to exploreഀ new opportunities and implement innovative   technologies toഀ unlock the potential of underutilised resources. The GISP Businessഀ Opportunity Workshop is an opportunity for companies withഀ underutilised resources to exchange resources within companies,ഀ industries, research and development agencies and local universities thatഀ will utilise them as input materials. The third GISP workshopഀ will take place on 9 September 2015. For more information see attached.ഀ To RSVP email gisp@csir.co.za.


Internationalഀ events, publications and news

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UN Finalizes 2030ഀ Agenda for Sustainable Development. The final version ofഀ the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World:ഀ The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamationഀ at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmentalഀ negotiations. The adoption has concluded a seven-month process to agreeഀ on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Developmentഀ Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development. To read more clickഀ here.


The Worldഀ Conservation Congress 2016 issues a call for contributions. Everyഀ four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings togetherഀ thousands of decision-makers from government, civil society, business andഀ academia.  "Planet at the crossroads" is the theme of theഀ next Congress, which will be held in Hawai'i, and a public Forum willഀ take place from 2-5 September. If your organisation would like to host anഀ event, please reply to the call for contributions by 15 October. For moreഀ information clickഀ here.

The Indianഀ Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI), together with theഀ Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, released aഀ publication titled Bridging Business and Biodiversity: Innovativeഀ Approaches on 22 May 2015. The publication highlights the concept ofഀ natural capital and its relation with biodiversity and ecosystem servicesഀ and the best practices of IBBI signatories. To download the publication clickഀ here.

The Naturalഀ Capital and Climate Policy Project is centred around four thematicഀ reports, which are produced by teams of experts, both academics andഀ practitioners. The four main reports are based on existing analyses,ഀ strategies and case studies that highlight the importance of naturalഀ services for human wellbeing in Germany. To read more clickഀ here.

The CBD mandated Biodiversityഀ Indicators Partnership a global initiative to promote and coordinateഀ the development and delivery of biodiversity indicators in support of theഀ CBD, Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA), the Intergovernmentalഀ Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES),ഀ national and regional governments and a range of other sectors. To readഀ more clickഀ here.

"In-depthഀ Report Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity" published by theഀ European Commission. How do biodiversity and ecosystem services interact?ഀ In May, a new report on that matter was published on behalf of theഀ European Commission. It is helpful for companies who strive to get aഀ better understanding and want to communicate on this issue. To downloadഀ the report clickഀ here.


In Good Company 2015 isഀ the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) International’s annual globalഀ platform to engage with leading companies, brands and international NGOsഀ working strategically with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),ഀ sustainability and FSC. The event will take place in Durban, South Africaഀ from 3-5 September 2015. For more information click here..


The XIV Worldഀ Forestry Congress, 7-11 September 2015, to be held in Durban, Southഀ Africa, will bring together the global forestry community to review andഀ analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. For moreഀ information clickഀ here.


The Pan-Africanഀ Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place 9th-10th October 2015 inഀ Accra, Ghana. This landmark forum aims to promote increasedഀ sustainability within Africa’s development agenda through mainstreamingഀ of natural capital, and improved business-civil society cooperation. Forഀ more information see the attached brochure or click here.


The 8th Worldഀ Ecosystem Services Partnership conference will be held in South Africaഀ from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme isഀ ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conferenceഀ will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue onഀ how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation,ഀ improve livelihoods and engage the business community. For moreഀ information clickഀ here.


The 2015ഀ Convention for Biological Diversity Business and Biodiversity Forum:ഀ Practices, Solutions and the Way Forward (which will also encompassഀ the 5th Meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity)ഀ will take place from 11-12 November 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. Forഀ further information clickഀ here.


The next Worldഀ Forum on Natural Capital will be held on 23-24 November 2015 inഀ Edinburgh. For more information clickഀ here.


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